Want your friend’s Netflix login? Practice better cybersecurity

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We all have that one friend who’s Netflix, Showmax, Prime Video and other accounts we “borrow” from time to time. If you don’t have one of those friends then it breaks our heart to inform you that you are in fact that friend.

Account sharing is not exactly in-line with the terms of service of many streaming services.

For example, Netflix’s terms of service reads, “The Netflix service and any content viewed through the service are for your personal and non-commercial use only and may not be shared with individuals beyond your household. During your Netflix membership we grant you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable right to access the Netflix service and view Netflix content. Except for the foregoing, no right, title or interest shall be transferred to you. You agree not to use the service for public performances”.

Does that stop people though? Not really.

But today we’re not talking about these terms of service but rather what gets friends to share streaming service login with other friends.

We have Kaspersky and its “More Connected Than Ever Before: How We Build Our Digital Comfort Zones” report.

There are some interesting findings in that report but today we want to look at one aspect in particular – login sharing.

While it might seem relatively innocent to share your Netflix username and password with a friend, how sure are you that your details are safe with that friend?

Kaspersky found that 46 percent of millenials who participated in the survey share streaming logins with flatmates.

But further into the report we find that security is a major concern for young people.

“Due to the fact, they share the internet with their flat mates, a third of millennials (33 percent) worry about the security and safety of their devices. Meanwhile, 36 percent admit to knowing they should be doing more to strengthen their digital privacy, but it has not been prioritised. In fact, when asked if they had ever been hacked, 12 percent of millennials weren’t even sure how they’d know if they had been,” reads Kaspersky’s report.

It goes without saying then that if you want to get hold of your friend’s streaming login you need to practice better cyber hygiene.

That means not clicking on dodgy links on websites and in your email, using security software and even using a password manager.

In short it’s about educating yourself with regards to what cybercriminals are capable of and how clicking a link can compromise your entire computer.

It’s also just a considerate thing to do. Consider for a moment how much information can be gleaned should an attacker compromise your friends streaming account.

With the recent breach of Experian still top of mind, now more than ever it’s important to be aware of the dangers that lurk online. And no, we aren’t talking about Joe Goldberg from You, though that’s terrifying in its own right.

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.